During a recent interview, the star admitted that he had trolls on social media commenting on his use of a mobility scooter.
‘Well, some people were mocking me on social media last night,’ he started as he explained what the public’s reaction had been to his declining health.
He continued telling Best magazine: ‘”Oh, look at Eamonn, he’s in a mobility scooter!” I replied, saying: “I would prefer if I wasn’t in it but how else would I have got around?”
‘The alternative is I don’t go anywhere, and I sit in my armchair, work in the office. So, I go out…It’s mentally uplifting to get out.’
While discussing his health he also offered an update and said: ‘Well, I can walk if that’s what you mean (50 steps, to be exact) but I now accept life is easier with help from others.
‘Getting around with crutches is exhausting. I wish I could walk further but, for now, I can’t.’
The broadcaster revealed how he saw his future panning out and explained: ‘For the short term it’s to have someone with me, assisting me.
‘Will it go on for six months? A year? I don’t know but I haven’t lost my need to work. What is the point of not doing things? I thank God that mentally I can cope…I have a joie de vivre.’
Speaking on what he likes to do to get out of the house, he added: ‘Some people think I’m fixed but it just looks like that on TV… I like getting out.
‘Going to the cinema is a terrible effort but worth it. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning was great.’
Prior to his surgery in 2022, Holmes had undergone a double hip replacement in 2016, which he previously said he had been putting off ‘for years’.
Eamonn is married to Loose Women star Ruth Langsford and the duo presented This Morning’s Friday show until ITV confirmed in November 2020 that the duo would be replaced by Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond.
The full interview with the broadcaster features in the new issue of Best, now on sale.
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